He's also not the least bit discerning in his history, to the point where he makes Herodotus and his giant gold ants of India look like Thucydides. Every ancient rumor and legend is perfectly credible to him, especially if it supports his position that people used to be more virtuous, or appeals to his religious sentiment.
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So, he's a silver age writer who definitely reads like one, who tells interesting stories interspersed with annoying anecdotes and omens. Jan 21, Katherine rated it it was amazing.
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Only read the biography on Coriolanus. Oct 10, Emma Anja rated it it was ok Shelves: classics. I couldn't get into this for some reason, which made me sad because usually I love reading classics. I just found the writing quite repetitive and dreary at times- and yes, I am aware I am critiquing Plutarch. I did enjoy selected Lives, but some I found the descriptive language goes on for a couple of pages too long to retain trail of thought.
I completely acknowledge that may have something to do with me attempting to read this alongside starting an MA, but usually I love classics. Might give I couldn't get into this for some reason, which made me sad because usually I love reading classics. Might give this another go one day, but right now I wasn't a huge fan of Plutach's writing style, however invaluable his work undoubtedly is as a historical source. View 1 comment. Josiah rated it it was ok Jul 15, Matt rated it it was amazing Aug 10, Logan Cox rated it it was ok Sep 07, Sergei Bogdanov rated it liked it Aug 04, Padraig McKeown rated it it was amazing Sep 18, Cole Shannon rated it really liked it Sep 08, Samuel Smith rated it it was amazing Apr 07, Steve rated it really liked it Oct 19, Rachel Swygart rated it it was amazing Sep 23, Jerath rated it it was amazing Feb 05, Rodrigo Vasquez rated it really liked it Oct 27, Sally Jane Driscoll rated it it was amazing Feb 28, James Mallon rated it it was amazing May 04, Kayt Gochenaur rated it it was amazing Oct 29, Jonathan rated it it was amazing Jan 22, Luke rated it it was amazing Jul 23, Liz Vance rated it really liked it Jan 26, Paz Alonso rated it really liked it Aug 01, Ragini Kapoor rated it it was amazing Apr 09, Dustin rated it really liked it Dec 25, Bluebell Byrd rated it it was amazing Mar 21, Emily Ha marked it as to-read Jan 02, Luke marked it as to-read Jul 05, Write a product review.
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Verified Purchase. It's always shocking to me how much ancient history has played a part in shaping the language, customs and ideas of today. This continuity bleeds through in every page. Plutarch discusses myths and historical texts revolving around major figures of Grecian and Roman history. He works to create accurate depictions, pointing out likely exaggerations or falsehoods in some historical accounts and paying equal attention to the vices as well as the virtues of his subjects. This is a review of the free Kindle edition. It has the text in an OK translation, but the table of contents is very awkwardly presented, and it is not linked to the chapters.
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Thus it is more or less impossible in this very long book to find the chapter you want. It's like looking for a needle in a haystack. Unless you are desperate, do not bother with this. Amazing to learn how modern these ancient Greeks and Romans were. Plutarch's book is an excellent view of the history of the ancient world. Our technology is clearly more advanced, but the character of people remains the same. The stars are for this edition, not for Plutarch or the translation.
Clough edited the translations of Dryden and his team, and occasionally the English is old-fashioned--"discover," for example, often means "reveal" rather than "find out.
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Pronouns often lack clear antecedents, and it is sometimes necessary to re-read passages in order to straighten out the identities of the many otherwise unidentified "he's" and "him's. The worst defects of this particular edition are its typesetting and proofreading. I suspect a text was scanned using an optical character reader to generate the files used to typeset this.
Typos abound, and the italics appear to have disappeared during typesetting.
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